WHAT IS INTERFAITH DIALOGUE?

Interfaith dialogue at Edmund Rice Centre Amberley is based on the charism of Edmund Rice.


This charism is centred on a Heart Spirituality that has a contemporary expression through the spiritual values of presence, compassion and liberation.

The heart - calls us into being:

Present - To be alive to the wonders of all creation and to be open to the Mystery of God through direct engagement with the world.

Compassionate - To stand in solidarity with the suffering world

Liberated - To free and enliven a world groaning under the weight of injustice


Interfaith dialogue is concerned with these qualities of the human spirit and calls us to enter into life-giving relationships with others for the purpose of creating a better world for all people.  Interfaith dialogue is a spirituality of communion and a commitment to a practical concern for every human being.  The heart of this interfaith dialogue is nurtured by a philosophy to build a more just, peaceful and inclusive community.


The Christian Brothers Oceania Province leadership team (November 2010- December 2014) calls us to be an attentive and inclusive presence to cross cultural awareness and form partnerships with, and seek wisdom from, other faith traditions and cultures.


Attentive to each moment of our lives we are opened to experience a sacred Presence that does not belong to any single party or culture or colour or creed- a Presence bigger than any religion. (Br Philip Pinto, Oceania Chapter 2008)



The sacred heart has been taken as Edmund Rice Amberley’s symbol for interfaith dialogue.


The whirling spirals are symbolic for God’s creative and compassionate energy. God calls everything into being.

The spiral is a universal symbol that stands for “coming into being”. The spiral has been intimately connected to the Earth story through the seasons of birth, growth, death and rebirth. It represents a cosmic energy radiating to us in the form of a labyrinthic pathway, a spiritual pathway that reveals to us something deeper and more intimate than our individual reality. The four spirals in the heart are seen as the sacred elements that all life forms have in common: earth, fire, water and air. Interfaith dialogue is about our connection to the Earth. Thomas Berry challenges us to acknowledge the need for awareness of the Earth and its elements as our identity and our call to be nondualistic in our thinking and being.


The Earth with its layers of land and water and air provides the space within which all living things are nurtured and the context within which humans attain their identity. If in the excitement of a secular technology reverence for the Earth has diminished in the past, especially in the western world, humans now experience a sudden shock at the devastation they have wrought on their own habitation. The ancient human-Earth relationship must be recovered in a new context, in its mystical as well as in its physical functioning. There is need for awareness that the mountains and rivers and all living things, the sky and its sun and moon and clouds all constitute a healing, sustaining sacred presence for humans which they need as much for their psychic integrity as for their physical nourishment. This presence whether experienced as Allah, as Atman, as Sunyata, or as the Buddha-nature or as Bodhisattva; whether as Tao or as the One or as the Divine Feminine, is the atmosphere in which humans breathe deepest and without which they eventually suffocate.

 

Sacred heart symbol taken from the Edmund Rice Icon.  Artist- Desmond Kyne

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